take a big-shot music executive or a statistician
to see that the music industry is in a major
period of upheaval. Sales of recorded music
are at or near all-time lows, digital downloads
and concert revenues aren’t doing enough
to stop the bleeding, and technology has made
recording and sharing music easier than ever,
driving up competition in an already traditionally
When you are
in charge of a group of people, there are several
responsibilities that fall on your shoulders.
If you've never been in a management position
or haven't had any business training, this can
be a challenging endeavor. The truth is that
it's really not all that difficult, as long
as you know what to do. The most successful
leaders in any capacity practice certain fundamentals
that have proven to be repeatedly effective.
It may seem like a lot to remember, but you'll
find that the majority of the responsibility
as a leader will involve troubleshooting and
problem solving. This is the real world, and
that's the reality. You'll have much more success
dealing with all of the variables that come
into play if you first commit to having the
You get a call or text that
you’re needed to fill in with a band you’ve
never played with before. Naturally, you try
to get all the information you’ll need;
compensation, songs, style, time and place.
You may even get a rehearsal with the group.
Despite all your efforts to prepare, you can’t
avoid some unexpected twists. Here’s five
common surprises that happen when you are subbing
on a gig.
It's tempting, especially as
a new band, to say yes to every show you're
offered. You want to take advantage of every
opportunity you get to make a mark in your local
scene. But even groups just starting out can't
or shouldn't accept every gig they're extended.
Sometimes a show can actually be detrimental
to your efforts.
Try to avoid these deadly mistakes.
Your fans will apprceiate it
Some people are born with an
innate sense of confidence that they carry with
them through life. For others, confidence is
trait that has to be won in battle. Among all
of the talent that exists in the world and the
unfortunate realities of the music industry,
it's easy for somebody who doesn't have innate
confidence to feel intimidated. Below are six
tips on what to do when your confidence starts
to falter, and what you can do to improve the
confidence you already have.
Too many people fail to see
the bigger picture of life as a musician and
the miserable state of the industry. If you
are one of these people and catch yourself feeling
in some way cheerful, stop right away and follow
this simple 12 step plan to guarantee your return
to a completely horrid existence on this miserable
rock. Warning: Contains strong language. If
you don’t like that, then you should probably
still read on anyway as it will just give you
more reasons to be pissed off.
promotion to the other guy. Depending on your
point of view don't count on the label, band
or publicist to do their jobs. Do it yourself
or it may not get done. Know your niche market(s)
or hire/befriend someone who does.Always think
of the fans first when making Decisions. Start
early. Pre-promote. It allows time for viral
buzz (aka free promotion) to build and ensures
you’ll get you a larger share of a discretionary
spending.Take the time and spend the money to
get a great publicist to get free media.
The key to singing high notes
(once diaphragmatic support is established)
this to concentrate first time support then
on vowel placement. Each vowel has a specific
resting place in the throat. A “pocket”
so to speak. It is important to find these pockets
with the least amount of pressure or strain.
You will find that once you experience what
I like to refer to as the amphitheaters in the
back of your throat that it’s not about
a note value at all. It’s about support